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Kurt Busch suspended over media comments

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage insisted that every dealing he'd had personally with Busch had been completely first class and professional, but even he was in agreement that the suspension was called for.

"You can't threaten other people," Gossage agreed. "I don't know where all this comes from. It's just sad. One of the most exciting drivers to come along in this generation, and I hope he's not blowing it."

There was no initial response from Busch's Cup team Phoenix Racing to the suspension, with no word as to whether they would find a replacement driver for the #51 at Pocono. Busch's Nationwide team - Kyle Busch Motorsports, owned and operated by his younger brother - also did not make any comment; they will not be affected by the suspension as there is no Nationwide Series race scheduled for this coming weekend.

The NASCAR suspension does not apply to Busch's involvement in Wednesday evening's charity Prelude To The Dream event at the Eldora Speedway dirt track owned and operated by Tony Stewart. Kurt had signed up to make only his second appearance in the fundraiser's eight year history along with his brother Kyle, a regular competitor. Along with the Busch brothers and Stewart, the other participants scheduled for the event include Austin and Ty Dillon, Aric Almirola, Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Bill Elliott, Ray Evernham, David Gilliland, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Jason Leffler, Ryan Newman, Kenny Wallace and JJ Yeley, together with Danica Patrick. Tony Kanaan from the IZOD IndyCar Series will also take part, as will Kurt Busch's Dover sparring partner Justin Allgaier.



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Texas Roadhouse

June 05, 2012 4:45 PM

Having watched various racing formats over here for some years, I still cannot get over the crass stupidity of some interviewers, both in their timing, and the inane questions they come out with. It never fails to amaze me how composed the interviewees remains, in such stressful situations. That Kurt Busch spoke his mind should not have attracted such a penalty. Maybe the various ruling bodies should also consider penalising those fools with microphones who ask the stupid questions, or interfere during racing to get comments. It's a 2-way street.

Marty - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 5:48 PM

Kudos to you Kurt. If NASCAR wants to be so strict and show favoritism to certain teams and one driver let them have at it. Nascar is has been will remain the same until all new faces are in place at the top. It's a shame a driver can't express himself anymore.



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